I've bought a lot of products in my lifetime that sounded great at the time but either didn't work properly, broke immediately, or were a huge safety concern (like that automatic doughnut maker that nearly burned down my house).
These 31 products, however, have changed my life for the better. They're the perfect combination of innovation, quality design, and affordability that all come together to equal a superior product. Plus, they're so clever that they just might blow your mind. Are you ready for a major life upgrade? Keep scrolling to discover some seriously cool products that you definitely haven't seen before.
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This Phone Case With Built-in Storage
via: AmazonThis may be a somewhat cliche statement, but I can never find anything in my purse. I'll be out at a restaurant and the bill will come, and I'll sit there for a solid five minutes digging through various lip balm tubes, sunglasses, tissue packets, etc until I finally find my wallet. It's humiliating. A friend of mine bought this TORU CX Pro iPhone 8 Wallet Case and the minute I saw it I knew it was the answer to all my problems.
This Travel Steamer That You Can Bring Everywhere
via: AmazonIs there anybody out there who actually enjoys ironing? I, for one, despise it, and tend to avoid it at all costs. But with this Lemontec Portable Travel Garment Steamer, I can abstain from ironing without looking like a wrinkled mess. Plus, the portable yet powerful handheld design means you can pop it in your suitcase and look freshly pressed no matter where you go.
This Ice Tray With a Clever Design
via: AmazonOkay, seriously, how has the ice tray not had a design makeover until now? Every time you fill it you have to walk as slowly as possible from the sink to the freezer, and, if you're like me, you always end up spilling water all over the floor in the process. Luckily, one true hero stepped up to the plate and changed how we fill ice trays forever. This OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid is a total game-changer.
This Omlette Maker That You Can Pop in the Microwave
via: AmazonOmelettes are basically like the Rubik's cubes of the breakfast world. No matter how hard I try to perfect one, there are just too many variables to keep track of and they never end up turning out. But that's all changed, thanks to this Lekue Omelette Maker. Simply add the eggs, mix in your favorite ingrediants, and pop it in the microwave. After a few minutes-Voila! The perfect omelette!
This Headphone Splitter That Lets You Share Music With Your BFFs
via: AmazonHow adorable is this little headphone splitter?! It's small enough to fit on your keychain without being bulky, and allows you to listen to music or watch a TV show with your bestie. My husband and I used this little gadget during a 12-hour layover, and it was basically the only thing that kept of sane. Well, that, and roughly 100 episodes of The Office.
This File Organizer That Makes You Feel Adult AF
via: AmazonI am not a naturally organized person. In fact, I'm probably the messiest, most disorganized person on the planet. And my workplace reflects that. Before I bought this C-Line 13-Pocket Poly Expanding File there were papers and post-it notes all over my desk, and I was constantly misplacing important documents and then freaking out when I couldn't find them. Not anymore! Now everything's in its proper place, and it makes me feel so fancy and grown-up.
This Lint Roller That's Essential For Pet Owners
via: AmazonI have an insanely active dog who's also a huge shedder. You wouldn't think it to look at her, but on any given day she sheds so much that there are tumbleweeds of fur blowing around our house. It's infuriating. A friend recommended this ChomChom Roller Dog Hair, Cat Hair, Pet Hair Remover and I can honestly say that it's changed my life. I'm planning on having a stock pile of these on hand at all times.
This Hanger Holder That Keeps Clutter Off Your Closet Floor
via: AmazonFile this one under one of those products that I didn't know I needed until I found out about it. I'm lucky to have a pretty big closet, and while it gives me plenty of space for clothes and shoes, it also allows me to fill it with junk that just causes clutter. This Hanger Stacker gives me the perfect spot to store the extra hangers I'm not using without adding to the clutter.
This Breakfast Maker That Upgrades Your Mornings
via: AmazonPicture this scenario: You wake up on a Sunday morning craving a breakfast sandwich. You hop in your car, drive to the nearest fast food drive thru, and get into the ridiculously long line. When you finally get up to the window and get your food you're met with a soggy, lukewarm sandwich that leaves you bitter and unsatisfied. Get this Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Maker and make your breakfast sandwich dreams a reality.
This Salad Spinner That Makes it Easy To Eat Healthy
via: AmazonI try to eat healthy as often as possible. And by "try" I mean that sometimes it doesn't happen, mostly because it's much easier to grab something terrible for you than to spent hours making something that's actually good for you. The good news is that this OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner makes it WAY easier to make something both good and good for you.
This Power Bank That Keeps You Charged On The Go
via: AmazonI'm notoriously terrible at keeping my devices charged. I'll forget to plug my phone in overnight, and it won't be until I've already gotten in my car and started driving that I realize my phone is about to die. And there are few things more terrifying than trying to figure out directions as your phone's battery life slowly fades away.
This Anker PowerCore 10000 has saved my life countless times.
This Ice Cream Tub That Keeps Your Precious Homemade Dessert Fresh
via: AmazonHave you ever made your own ice cream? If you haven't, I'm telling you friend, you seriously don't know what you're missing. It's about a million times better than normal ice cream, and the only downsize is that it's more susceptible to freezer burn because there isn't a container specifically made to keep it tasting fresh. Until the SUMO Insulated Ice Cream Container came along, that is!
This Scrubber With an Ingenious Design
via: AmazonThis Bump It Off Silicone Cleaning Scrubber Brush has nearly unlimited uses. Allow me to name a few: Scrub stubborn stains off your favorite pair of pants. Brush the excess hair off your pet to cut down on shedding. Use it to wash your makeup brushes that up until this point you've never washed. I could go on and on, but you should probably just buy one and find out for yourself.
This Thermometer Gun That Tells You Temperatures Using LASERS
via: AmazonI'm going to ask you a somewhat obvious question: If you could choose between a product that measures the temperature using normal means and a product that measures a temperature using LASERS, which one would you choose? And if you could own this Etekcity Lasergrip Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun for under 16 bucks, would you buy it? That's right. You definitely would.
This Multi-Tool That's Ridiculously Handy
via: AmazonMy husband and I aren't very handy, so when we have to fix things around our house we ask his extremely handy uncle to come help us out. Recently, we had him over to install a new water heater (ah, the joys of home ownership) and as he was putting it in he whipped out this Magnet 3 x LED Magnetic Pickup tool and it basically blew my mind. Not only is it a flashlight, but it has a telescopic head and built-in magnet for picking up stray screws and bolts.
This Cat Fountain That Pampers Your Pet
via: AmazonDue to my husband's allergy, I do not own a cat. But, I had cats growing up, and although they're much less work than dogs, they still require a lot of effort to make sure they stay happy and healthy. Making sure they have fresh food and water available at all times is a must, and with this Catit Fountain, you'll never have that terrifying moment of "DID I GIVE THE CAT WATER TODAY?!" ever again.
This Headphone Hanger That Means Good Music is Always Within Reach
via: AmazonThis is one of those products that's so insanely simple yet ingenious that I'm kicking myself for being the one to invent it first. Install this Headphone Hanger under your desk, bedside table or wherever you need quick and easy access to your favorite tunes. It's sturdy, easy to install and fits any size over the ear headphones. Oh, and it's under 10 bucks. Score!
This Desktop Sweeper That Keeps Your Workspace Crumb-Free
via: AmazonI work from home, and I'm one of those disgusting people who eats my lunch at my desk and gets crumbs everywhere (including in our desktop keyboard, which drives my husband insane). That's what makes this Mini Portable Handheld Cordless Tabletop Crumb Sweeper such an essential for our household. It sweeps up crumbs like a boss and takes up like no space on my desk.
These Convenient Lights That Illuminate Your Path
via: AmazonMy husband and I just bought an extremely old house, and we were both kind of freaked out by the number of dark and creepy places it has. And since we're first time homeowners, the thought of having to install lights was daunting. Luckily we found out about these URPOWER Motion-Sensing Battery Powered LED Stick-Anywhere Lights, which are super easy to install and cheap AF.
This Cake Decorator That Makes You Feel Like a Pro
via: AmazonI'm not a great cook, and when it comes to baking, I tend to have the "I'm missing that ingredient, but I'm sure it'll turn out fine" mentality. This, shockingly, does not usually go very well. But I still give it my all, and nothing is more satisfying than baking something that actually tastes good. This Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus Cake Decorating Tool ensures that your baked goods will look at good as they taste.
This Pizza Cutter That's For True Pizza Fans OnlyIf you're serious about your pizza eating experience, you need to buy one of these Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel. There's just no buts about it. It's specifically designed to glide through your pizza like a dream, and the super sharp blade and easy-to-use shape means no more having to re-cut pieces. Which also means you have to wait less time to dig into your favorite 'za.
These Handy Gadgets That Keep Your Glasses From Slipping
via: AmazonI rarely wear my reading glasses even though I get headaches when I don't, and I think the reason for this is that they're constantly slipping off my face and I'm sick of having to slide them up all the time. But now that I found out about these Keepons Superstretch Black Prevent Eyeglass Slipping Anti Slip Hooks, I basically have no excuse not to wear them. Problem solved!
This Screen Magnifier That Upgrades Your Cellphone Screen
via: AmazonRemember what I said about that 12 hour layover I had? This Cell Phone 3D HD Movie Video Amplifier with Foldable Holder Stand for All Smart Phones would have made that experience much less awful. Simply pop any sized cellphone into the back and the screen projector gives you a cinema quality experience no matter where you are. I would say this product is a must for all future traveling.
This Portable Charger That's Also a Flashlight
via: AmazonI just love products that have hidden, unexpected uses. Take this Jackery Portable Charger Bar 6000mAh Pocket-sized External Battery Pack, for example. Think it's just a boring run of the mill power bank? WRONG! This clever little gadget features a built-in LED flashlight. I like to keep in my purse so I can actually find my phone and then charge it once I find it.
This Beverage Chiller That Means No More Warm Sips
via: AmazonOkay, this product is really near and dear to my heart. I, personally, have a big issue with drinking warm beverages. It makes me gag, and I'd rather go thirsty than be forced to sip on something that's not been chilled to my liking. So seriously, where has this Chill-O-Matic Automatic Beverage Chiller been all my life?! Oh, the years I've wasted with lukewarm drinks.
This Shower Shelf That Makes Shaving WAY Easier
via: AmazonOur house has a stall style shower, so there's no tub for me to put my foot up on when I'm shaving. While it may not be one of life's most serious problems, it can be pretty annoying, especially since I'm sometimes forced to sit on my shower floor to shave my legs. And that's just awkward.
ElevEase Shower Step solved that annoying little problem for me, and it can for you, too.
This Moldable Glue That Fixes EVERYTHING
via: AmazonThis stuff is basically magic. Did your favorite pair of headphones break? Is your cellphone charger starting to fray? Is the handle of your favorite pot way too hot to touch? Did the rubber piping on your beloved pair of tennis shoes fall off due to wear and tear? This Sugru Moldable Glue fixes all of those things. It starts off as a moldable clay-like texture and dries to super strong silicone.
These Produce Bags That Are Reusable
via: AmazonI've been trying to make small changes in my life in order to reduce my carbon footprint. This has included switching to all-natural cleaning products, stopped using plastic straws, and investing in reusable products like insulated garbage bags and these Reusable Produce Bags. They're made of mesh fabric so you can rinse them easily, and the reusable design is not only good for the environment but for your pocketbook as well.
This Soap Dispenser That Does The Work For Your
via: AmazonSometimes, it's the little luxuries in life that make all the difference. Like this Lantoo Foaming Automatic Soap Dispenser, Hands Free Automatic Foam Soap Dispenser. The hands-free design means you never have to touch the germy pump, and the foaming design makes your bathroom feel like a spa. Okay, so it probably won't feel like a spa. But at least your hands will feel pampered.
This Cauliflower Tool That Makes Meal Prep 100x Easier
via: AmazonHave you ever tried to de-stalk a piece of cauliflower or broccoli with a knife? Because it's not easy. Or safe. In fact, no one should attempt it. Ever. Instead, you should buy this cheap and effective Chef'n Stalk Chop Cauliflower Prep Tool. It's about a hundred times easier and safer than the traditional knife method, and it's only $7.99. You can see why customers can't stop raving about it!
This Garlic Chopper That's Handy AND Fun
via: AmazonChopping garlic is kind of a pain in the butt. You have to smash it, peel it, and mince it with a big, scary knife while trying to avoid cutting a large chunk of your finger off in the process. But with this Chef'n GarlicZoom Garlic Chopper, it's as easy as throwing in a clove, scooting it across the counter a few times, and, as Emeril would say, "Bam!" Perfectly minced garlic!